Vinyl is making a comeback, and there is no better proof of that than at Cocoa’s Vinyl and Vibes in Gulf Breeze.
Located at 3045 Gulf Breeze Parkway, the store has been open since May and is locally owned by Greg and Lori Boyer.
“We always thought it would be cool to have a record store that had more than just records,” Greg said.
And it is indeed a store that offers a lot of variety to its customers.
Cocoa’s has records featuring music across the decades, record players, box sets, including special limited editions like Eric Clapton and U2. You will also find tie-dye shirts, sports shirts, bobbleheads, picture disks, and blankets perfect for curling up on the couch or taking to the beach.
Of course, vinyl is the foundation of the store.
“If you love vinyl, this is the store for you,” Lori said.
The range of music you’ll find available is impressive.
“We have a wide selection, all different types of music,” Greg said. “Besides rock and pop, we have jazz, hip-hop, blues, reggae and metal.”
And, while some believe vinyl has gone the way of the dinosaur, it hasn’t. The music on vinyl at Cocoa’s is brand new.
“A lot of people aren’t aware that records have been back in production for about 15 years or so. A lot of the more recent music is being pressed onto vinyl for the first time,” Greg said.
And, as Lori points out, you can’t go wrong with music on vinyl.
“Everything sounds better on vinyl,” Lori said.
Other items you’ll find at the store, where music is always playing and a good vibe is always flowing through it, include backpacks, tote bags, crates for records and even cleaning systems for vinyl. Long-sleeve shirts and hoodies are also available.
There are soundtracks from movies such as Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club and Rocky Horror Picture Show.
You’ll also find Mobile Fidelity records which are recorded at half speed so that you can hear each individual instrument. Mobile Fidelity records are played at regular speed on any record player and the music is premium quality.
A feature section is set up in the store, as well and is changed out each month. Pink Floyd/Led Zeppelin is set to be in the feature section in September, and all Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin Albums or T-shirts will be 10% off during September.
Customers can pretty much find something in the store for all ages and any paying customer can play their nostalgic Addams Family Pinball machine.
And, with Christmas coming up quick, Cocoa’s Vinyl and Vibes is the perfect place to shop.
“We have gift certificates. Come in and get one if you think a person you know would love this store,” Lori said.
The store is open Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Wednesday-Saturday from noon until 7 p.m.
“We want people to embrace vinyl. Even kids are getting into it,” Lori said. “It’s the best way to listen to music.”
Cocoa’s Vinyl and Vibes
3045 Gulf Breeze Parkway
Gulf Breeze, FL